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Key Forensic Services purchases rapid DNA system from IntegenX


Key Forensics Services Ltd, the exclusive provider of the RapidHIT DNA system to police and other law enforcement agencies in the UK, announced it is to be the first organization in the world to purchase the new RapidHIT ID from IntegenX.

Based on the multi-unit purchase, KFS will be able to offer the second-generation rapid DNA tool and disposable cartridge system to all its customers.

KFS will validate and accredit the RapidHIT ID System, enabling the company to offer another platform for quick human identification services to police forces in the UK.

“This is another seismic shift in rapid DNA technology. The smaller, faster and more cost-effective RH-ID system will deliver significant benefits to the UK Criminal Justice System by enabling samples taken from arrestees to be searched against the NDNAD before they are released from custody,” said Paul Hackett, KFS managing director. “The cost savings to the UK CJS as a whole may be, at this stage difficult to quantify, but common sense tells us they will be very substantial indeed. In times of austerity this is the type of transformational technology that government, police forces and other law enforcement organisations should be grabbing with both hands.”

At just a quarter of the size of the original RapidHIT System, RapidHIT ID can be used in any location.

The RapidHIT ID solution uses leading chemistries and generates DNA profiles that are compatible with UK National DNA Database.

“The IntegenX team is excited to advance our partnership with KFS,” said Robert Schueren, president and CEO of IntegenX. “We are delighted to continue to partner with KFS as they provide an additional capability for UK custody suites, as well as other Rapid DNA applications.”

Previously reported, IntegenX announced that The National DNA Database (NDNAD) had forensic DNA profiles uploaded from the RapidHIT System, making it the second major national database to complete such a task.

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